Reviewed by Uncle Creepy
Starring Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore, Carmine Iannaccone, Donna Yeager
Directed by George Dugdale, Mark Ezra, and Peter Litten
Distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Now this is a true gift. Just like they did with their stellar release of the original My Bloody Valentine uncut, Lionsgate has gone the extra mile for fans once again by not just delivering the Eighties slasher classic Slaughter High onto DVD, but by giving us the uncut version of the film to boot! Bless your black little hearts.
Marty Rantzen (Scuddamore) is the super-smart nerdy kid in school whom nobody likes. As a result the resident hot chicks (including a stunning Caroline Munro) and the jocks led by Skip Pollack (Iannaccone) are always harassing and playing jokes on the poor guy! On April Fool’s Day one particular joke goes horribly awry and Marty ends up badly burned and scarred (the easiest way to get a cool looking deformed killer in the Eighties). Years later said jocks and hot chicks get invited to an — unbeknownst to them — unauthorized reunion at their now condemned old school. Who invited them? Who do you think? Before you know it, Marty’s on a gore-soaked rampage, and bodies start dropping like flies.
It’s that simple. People show up. They get killed. (How did the Friday the 13th remake get that formula wrong?) I love Eighties slashers, and this one in particular is a truly rediscovered gem. Slaughter High is rife with a surprising amount of nerd dong, lots of heaving boobs (sadly not Munro’s), and some truly cool and inventive kills. Even Marty’s look wearing a court jester’s mask is memorable. Shit, dude, it also is home to a psychedelic zombie climax! What’s not to like?
As with the rest of the releases in Lionsgate’s “The Lost Collection”, there are no extras here other than a trivia track and the theatrical trailer. Shame, too, because a commentary at the very least would have been stellar. Still, this is a must own for fans of Eighties slashers.
It’s hard to go wrong with a movie like Slaughter High. Yes, it’s dated. Sure, some of the effects look fake and cheesy, but that’s all part of its charm. Don’t hesitate! Take the advice of your old Uncle Creepy and get your hands on this once lost gem of a flick today!
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